23/07/2001

Eligibility for school travel passes to be extended

Regional Development Minister, Gregory Campbell, has taken action to ensure that schoolchildren will be entitled to travel at half-fare rate on public transport starting in September.

The Minister explained that under previous arrangements, children who turned 16 during July and August had to pay the full adult fare for their school travel passes, even though the law required them to attend school until the end of the following June. However, their classmates, whose 16th birthdays fell after the start of the new school year, could still purchase school travel passes at the half-fare rate.

Mr Campbell said: “This situation was clearly unfair and, once it was brought to my attention, I took immediate steps to change the travel concession scheme. From September onwards, all children will be eligible for half-fare travel until they finish their compulsory schooling.

“Children, who reach 16 during July and August and have already paid the full adult rate for their Translink school travel pass for the next school year, will be eligible for a refund. They, or their parents, should contact the Translink office which issued the pass.”

This new travel concession, which starts in September, is funded by the Department for Regional Development and will apply until 30 June following a child’s 16th birthday. (MB)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

02 March 2018
Schools Closures Across NI
The Department of Education have published a list of all schools across that have confirmed they will be closed today, Friday 2nd March, 2018 due to the adverse weather conditions.
22 January 2013
Heavy Snow Closes Over 80 Schools
Over 80 schools across Northern Ireland have been closed as the heavy snow continues to cause disruption on Tuesday morning. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, as the snow is continuing to affect many roads. Areas which have been majorly disrupted include Lisburn, Castlereagh and Carryduff.
02 August 2013
Parents Encouraged To Use School Uniform Grants
Education Minister John O'Dowd has encouraged parents to take advantage of school uniform grants. The Clothing Allowance Scheme covers pupils in primary, post-primary and special schools and is similar to free school meals with regards to its eligibility criteria.
17 September 2013
Call To Extend Free School Meals
Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Chris Hazzard has called for free school meals to be extended for all children attending school.
29 July 2009
Latest School Fire Probed
Vandals have again set fire to a school in north Belfast. The PSNI are investigating after the canteen at Stella Maris School on the Shore Road was attacked overnight. It was also found that paint had been thrown over the building when the blaze was discovered at 2am on Wednesday.